A recently published paper, proposes a new law of nature.
I found it rather intriguing and worthy of sharing here. The idea of function as a key in selection in evolving systems is not new, but the evidence and reasoning is highly compelling.
Time or periodicity combined with evolutionary selection extends to mineralogy ??!!!
Snippet : “The history of scientific discovery informs our search for empirically powerful, theoretical laws that describe the behavior of evolving systems considered generally—systems exhibiting a distinctive, temporally asymmetrical form of development—that is not obviously derivable from the classical laws of physics. Progress depends on examining a variety of evolving systems to identify potential conceptual equivalences through investigating common themes, perhaps subtle, that may point to a theoretical framework of basic attributes capable of supporting an as-yet-unarticulated law of nature unifying evolving phenomena.”
My own work, which is the study of ancient time keeping systems, seems to agree to an extent, but is there a deeper precursor that encourages certain functions ? I think so.
When I first observed the periodic table, I had already learned the primary common components of calendars that were found on every continent. So, I was immediately curious if there was a correlation based in periodicity and function. The correlation was instantaneous. In fact, the periodic table actually solved a problem concerning a particular alignment of four components in one system, and corrected them. It worked wonderfully.
The same happened with the amino acids. The bizarre part was that the precise nature of the correlation by sequence and function between the 20 day cycle, known to the Chinese and Maya and others, was with the alphabetical order of the amino acids, starting with Alanine. I attribute this to the self forming nature of the alphabet itself.
So, my response to the paper was elation, as support for the notion that function serves a role in the evolution of minerals, is rare.
I’m going further to suggest,…that time itself or periodicity, actually has a pre-existing self forming property that permeates all things, through an as of yet, unknown force. Periodic wave forms of some type perhaps,… but the bottom line is, our ancestors detected these periodic functions and were able to accurately describe them in detail. The I-Ching, in this regard is the most accurate record of this, and the key is not in the numerical properties, but in the sequence and functions of the descriptors, of which the first twenty match the amino acids in the modern order alphabetically !!!
Anywho, food for thought